Norwich Bulletin Norwich, CT
Monday, September 7, 2009
Paul Fraser Sr. September 19, 1921 - September 5, 2009 Norwich - Paul "Bud" Fraser, Sr., 87, of 15 Whittington Ave., Norwich, died at his home Saturday morning. Born in Norwich on September 19, 1921, he was the son of the late Homer and Lillian (Landry) Fraser. A U.S. Air Force Veteran of both World War II and the Korean Conflict, he was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant. He was a member of the V.F.W. of Franklin, American Legion of Fitchville, a Life Member of the Yantic Vol. Fire Department of which he served as Assistant Chief for 18 years, and a member of the Norwich Elks. From 1954 through 1965 he owned and operated his own gas station in Yantic Flats, then worked as a machinist at Electric Boat in Groton and later also as a machinist at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in Middletown, and prior to retirement as a parts manager at Kahn Tractor in Franklin. On February 19, 1946 in Norwich he was united in marriage to Dorothy (Belliveau) Fraser who died September 25, 1970. On April 15, 1972 in Ashford, he was united in marriage to Ethel (Brautigam) (Dynon) Fraser who died July 12, 2002. Surviving are two sons, Paul J. Fraser, Jr. and his wife Linda of Arizona, and Daniel Fraser and his wife Debbie of Virginia. Five daughters, Helena Fraser of California, Lillian Gardner and her husband Doug of Norwich, Dorothy Meade and her significant other John Civitello of Salem, Norma Fraser and her significant other Doug Demicco of Norwich, and Eva Tourjee and her husband Ron of Waterford. Two step daughters, Johanna Vacca of Rhode Island, and Barbara Lathrop and her husband Ben of Norwich. One sister Theresa Butova of Uncasville, and a special friend Maxine Everett. Fifteen grandchildren, ten great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a grandson Greg Weyant, two brothers Homer W. Fraser and William Nye and a sister Shirley Treat. Visitation 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at the Labenski Funeral Home, 107 Boswell Ave., Norwich, where the Funeral will assemble on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. and proceed to a Mass of Christian Burial at Sacred Heart Church Norwichtown at 11:30 a.m. Interment to follow with Military Honors in St. Joseph Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his memory to Hospice of S.E. CT, 227 Dunham St., Norwich, CT 06360.